LONDON (CBS4) – A British actor whose voice is familiar to many died this week.

Peter Sallis voiced the character Wallace in the popular “Wallace & Gromit” movies and TV series. He also starred in the British TV sitcom “Last of the Summer Wine.” He was 96.

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Peter Sallis at the premiere of animated film “Wallace & Gromit: The Curse Of The Were-Rabbit” (credit: Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images)

Nick Park, creator of the stop-motion animation series, said he only had one choice for who would provide the voice for Wallace: Sallis.

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“I feel so grateful and privileged to have known and worked with Peter over so many years,” he said in a statement featured on BBC’s website.

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